Why Miley Cyrus Changed Her Name?

Jonny Hector

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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus born Destiny Hope Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Miley was born on November 23 1992 to Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus. She is particularly known for her raspy voice and the different type of tastes of the music. Cyrus has attained the most US Billboard 200 top-five albums in the 21st century by a female artist, with a total of thirteen entries. 

Miley emerged as a teen idol when she portrayed the protagonist in the show Hannah Montana (2006-2011) on Disney Channel. As Hannah Montana, she obtained two number-one and three top-five soundtracks on the US Billboard 200, including the US Billboard Hot 100 top-ten single “He Could Be the One”. 

Cyrus auditioned for the lead role in Hannah Montana, a Disney Channel series in 2005 about a girl who leads a double life as a normal middle-school student and, with the help of a blonde wig, as a glamorous pop singer. However, initially considered by executives to be too small and young for the character, she continued and won the part. The show debuted the following year (featuring Billy Ray as her TV dad) and became an instantaneous sensation, scoring record ratings for cable television and turning the 13-year-old into a bona fide star.

In late 2007 Cyrus embarked on a national tour called Best of Both Worlds in support of her latest album. Two concerts from the tour were filmed and cited as a 3-D movie; it made more than $30 million in its opening weekend despite having been broadcasted only to select theatres.

Cyrus released the album Bangerz in 2013, which receded from her earlier work in its embrace of hip-hop influences and its frequently adult-themed lyrics. Her fresh style was exemplified by the single “We Can’t Stop,” a bouncy ode to sensuality that she notably performed, in controversially risqué fashion, at the MTV Video Music Awards. 

Her mother took on the role of Miley’s manager and worked to amass a team to build her daughter’s career. Cyrus signed with Mitchell Gossett, director of the youth division at Cunningham Escott Slevin Doherty. Gossett is often attributed with “discovering” Cyrus and played a key role in her auditioning for Hannah Montana. She later signed with Jason Morey of Morey Management Group to handle her music career, having been orchestrated to him by Dolly Parton. She hired her father’s finance manager as part of her team.

The ballad “Wrecking Ball,” meanwhile, became Cyrus’s first song to top the Billboard singles chart. She then drifted away from the mainstream with Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015), a collection of loosely psychedelic songs recorded in large part with the rock band the Flaming Lips and made available for free on the Internet.

Cyrus was an instructor on the television singing competition The Voice in 2016–17, and she co-starred with Woody Allen and Elaine May in Allen’s six-episode TV series Crisis in Six Scenes (2016). Younger Now (2017) headlined several ballads and country-infused songs, one of which was a duet with Dolly Parton. Cyrus’s seventh studio album, the rock-infused Plastic Hearts (2020), further highlighted her versatility.

On August 14, 2020, Cyrus broadcasted the single “Midnight Sky” and confirmed the cancellation of the EPs She Is Here and She Is Everything due to crucial recent alterations in her life that did not fit the significance of the project comprising her divorce of Hemsworth and the burning of the couple’s house during the Woolsey Fire in California as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

To endorse Plastic Hearts, Cyrus teased a concert tour around the album’s release. The tour was delayed due to the pandemic but, thanks to the high vaccination rates in the United States, Cyrus is registered to headline several music festivals in the country during summer 2021, including Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Music Midtown.

Why did Miley Cyrus change her name?

Miley Cyrus’ real name wasn’t Miley initially. She was born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992. Her parents, Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus named her Destiny believing that she was destined for amazing things. Since Cyrus was always smiling as a baby, her parents nicknamed her “Smiley.” The nickname was further shortened to Miley.

The Best of Both Worlds star started her career in 2006 with the teen show Hannah Montana which shot the then 11-year-old to instant fame and made her one of the most prominent and commemorated teen stars of the 2000s. Her role of a teenager living a double life as a pop star and a normal teenager garnered a huge fan following from the audience and the show went on to do well commercially and was ranked one of the best shows on basic cable back then. Since she was only using her stage name when it came to acting, she got her name legally changed in 2008. She no longer went by the name Destiny Hope and officially changed it to Miley Cyrus.

She adopted the name when she commenced her career on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and kept the name for her singing career.  Cyrus didn’t make her name change legal until 2008, when she was 15 years old, legally changing it to Miley Ray Cyrus.

At home, everybody called her Smiley or Miley so the name kind of stuck and she decided to keep it as her stage name. Her legitimate name change includes the middle name ‘Ray,’ which would appear originally to be a homage to her dad Billy Ray but is actually in honour of her grandfather, Democratic politician Ronald Ray Cyrus from Kentucky.

Marriage with Liam Hemsworth

When she married Liam Hemsworth in 2018 she changed her name from Miley Ray Cyrus to Miley Ray Hemsworth. Liam Hemsworth shared the name change news during an interview on Live With Kelly and Ryan, saying, “Miley Ray Hemsworth now, actually,” after they cheered him. “She will still be known as Miley Cyrus, but she took my name, which is great,” he continued. “I think that was honestly one of the best things about it. I didn’t ask her to take my name, and then she was like, ‘No, of course, I’m taking your name.’ I’m like, that’s awesome!’”

The actual wedding took place at the home of Miley’s family in Tennessee a few days after Christmas and involved only their tightest relatives, Hemsworth said, “We never wanted to do anything too extravagant or big.” He continued, “We find the whole thing kind of embarrassing. We know how we feel about each other. We just wanted to do something simple and organic just with, basically, immediate family. It was a really nice day. A really really special day.”

He explained that he just called her “wife,” anyway. “It’s become a little more normal, but the first couple of weeks it was- I mean, it’s only been a month and a half or something- but the first couple of weeks were really fun to be ‘wife’ and ‘husband,’” he shared. 

Divorce with Liam Hemsworth

Miley dropped Hemsworth from her name after she and Liam got divorced in 2020. Liam and Miley met on the set of the movie The Last Song in which they co-starred. They had an on-again-off-again relationship until they git married in 2018 but got divorced in 2020. In an interview, Miley stated that Liam and she had too much conflict to be together and for the relationship to last.  

 

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